Re: Economist on Jon Postel

Gordon Cook (
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 15:54:06 -0500 (EST)

I agree that Postel is accused unfairly.
The NSF-NSI cooperative agreement will not last until march of 1998. that
is a promise. But please don't quote *ME* outside of this group. I just
did a nearly 2 hour interview with Noel chiappa today on why the internet
routing system faces severe problems in scaling.....It was one helluva
education for me and hopefully will be useful for you.

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On Wed, 12 Feb 1997, Dan Kohn wrote:

> This article unfairly accuses Jon Postel of mismanagement. The IAHC
> would love to allow competitive registrations for .com and .org, but the
> InterNIC has a monopoly until the end of it's cooperative agreement with
> the NSF in March 1998.
> The Economist magazine in the Feb. 8-14 issue editorializes that
> the "amateurs" -- including the IAHC and Jon Postel, the man who is
> the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority -- should make way for pro-
> fessionals to settle such matters. Who these professionals would be,
> what their qualifications, who their nominators, the magazine does
> not suggest.